How far can cuteness take it? For how long can absolutely nothing extend the life? The answers lie in Hibi Chouchou: apparently not as far and not as much are the ones.
Hibi is like Kimi no Todoke. Only a tad bit faster. At first, it will give you that "warm and fuzzy" feeling about young and innocent love, but the further you progress in manga, you'll just keep skipping pages because literally nothing of interest and importance occurs. For an example, you can skip 39-44 chapters, and you'll be easily good to go.
Let's talk story briefly: it's cliche. It's a standard shoujo premise
and, while that's not bad as long as it's executed well, or has its own spin onto it, Hibi's story is just kind of boring to be blunt. The story is progressing at a snail pace, two to three chapters are spent covering something absolutely worthless and boring and so on. While I will admit that its pace is faster than the "classical" shoujo, with so many examples out there of stories that progress far and well within a short span of time, it simply gets to be far too boring at some point.
45 chapters in, and they didn't even hug. The most they did was hold hands.
I understand that it's an innocent take on the story, but that doesn't mean it should take ages for something remotely interesting to happen. While we're at it, the story RARELY focuses on the side-characters so it really has no excuse as to why it takes so long for the characters to do anything. Some will refute that with "well, they're shy, blah, blah, blah" but I'll get to that.
One point where this manga is really good is the art. It's crisp, it's clean, it's well drawn, and, to be honest, aside from the few chapters, I couldn't ask for anything better than that. It has plethora of pretty girls, some good-looking studs, and it has that "cutesy" look majority of shoujo manga have, with the exception of looking better than the most.
As far as the characters are concerned, I'm honestly disappointed. At first, you'll think that Suiren is cute. You'll like her. The same goes with Kouha. You'll think that their shyness and awkwardness is innocent, cute and whatever comes with those emotions. However, as the story "progresses", you'll be getting more and more tired of their lack of ... well ... anything. Misunderstandings pile up just because they're unable to talk properly, random "oddly-said" words make our characters go balls-to-the-walls for no reason, and so on and so forth. Suiren quickly becomes cute and annoying. Although, at times, she can be decisive, for the most part she just shuts up and expect everything to go merry way. When compared to Kouha, though, she acts like a damn playboy. Kouha is a specific kind of annoying. His indecisiveness can only be described as mental illness to be honest. It takes him ages to do anything and, when he does it, he does it small. As for the other characters? Nothing. Zero. Bleh. They're the generic sub-cast put there just because it's high school and our heroes need friends. (Main girl's friend who's there to protect her, energetic girl interested in love, generic main guy's best friend, generic rival who comes along for literally 0 reason other than to "drama-it-up a notch", and so on)
Did I enjoy this manga? Meh, kind of. For the first twenty chapters or so, I really did kind of like it. It wasn't new or fresh, but it seemed as if mangaka had something on his/hers mind when it came to this manga. But, after that, the sheer lack of progress in anything - their relationship primarily - is just a huge put-off. It lacks impact, consequences (well, for consequences to exist, there must be action, so I'm kind of contradicting myself right here), and it's basically just a slightly faster paced Kimi no Todoke with the exception that main girl isn't scary, but rather beautiful (inapproachable all the same though).
I recommend it only to die-hard shoujo fans and those who are looking for a chill manga where they don't expect a lot of progress within the first 50 chapters.
No, seriously, it takes them like 20 chapters to realize they even like each other. Twenty more to go on a second date (well, technically first since their first date lasted like 5 minutes), and the most romantic thing the two of them did was sort-of confessed to each other.
It's about a shy, quiet girl (doesn't talk to guys) who is beautiful and is the flower on the mountain that you can't reach. Until she meets a guy who is also quiet(doesn't know how to talk to girls). I love the art.
Its has it moment when you're smiling and you don't know it. Then you get all warm and fuzzy.
Its a cute shoujo manga.
Remember reading books and watching television shows (anime and manga included) and you find yourself saying 'C'mon, do something!' because the story moves at such an excruciatingly slow pace?
That is Hibi Chou Chou for you in a nutshell.
Upon entering high school, the very quiet but extremely cute Suiren becomes the immediate center of attention among the boys, nicknamed the'Takane no Hana' ... but one particular boy does not look her way. The story of a quiet girl and a quiet boy.
The first few chapters I was on board the train that was Hibi Chou Chou, until it hit a reoccurring them. It's
as slow, so very very painfully slow. I did find the story quiet enjoyable. The pacing was what has let this story down though, It takes the main characters around 15 or so chapters to realize they like one another another 10 to have a date. But if you can over look this you may enjoy this story.
Simply put, the art was beautiful, nice clean details. The characters were all beautifully drawn.
Even more then the pacing of the story, the characters are probably the low point of the story. Suiren, the protagonist is a beautiful young lady, who doesn't talk to anyone apart from her best friend really. All the boys in school are attracted to her, apart from one boy. Initially, Suiren was so very cute and I enjoyed her as a MC but it comes to a point where being practically mute becomes an annoyance with her inability to relay her feeling to people, it becomes exasperating to watch her struggle. The character development for the MC is hardly present and painfully slow to watch and it isn't long before the trope of her quiet, cute-demeanor starts to wear off.
Kawasumi, the male lead is not much better. He seems to wrapped up in his sports to properly form a connection with Suiren and also comes off as a bit 'cold' or 'indifferent'.
While being a cute story, I feel that this was dragged out for to long and did not need 75+ chapters to tell it's story. Starting off as an endearing story, the characters and pacing of the plot quickly become this stories downfall.
I wanted to really enjoy this story but I feel it falling short. So I have decided to give this story a 5/10
I think this manga is very good. The story line is about a girl named Suiren who is very shy and never talks to men due to all the attention males give her because of her beauty. Well, she develops an attraction to a male named Kawasumi who doesn't seem to look at her like all the other men do. Kawasumi is also shy a doesn't contact much with females. Well, I read this in less that 2 hours and I must say I love them. A typical romance plot is where a un-popular guy falls for a popular girl or a un-popular girl falls
for the popular guy. This manga is unique because both characters are very shy, yet they both give a very good romance towards the audience. Suiren slowly begins to talk more to Kawasami as their relationship proceeds and same goes for Kawasumi. Both give off a cute romance that can make you feel fuzzy on the inside, this manga is a must read for those who enjoy a cute romance.
The story is average. Even below average I could say. I started reading it because it is a 'slow build' but it is so slow that barely any progress is made. You will read 75 chapters where absolutely nothing happens. There are even some of them you could skip and you still wouldn't be missing anything.
If there is something good about this manga is the art.
If the story is bad the characters are even worse. I'm only gonna talk about the main character because I don't want this to be extremely long. The two main characteristics of the protagonist are that she
is pretty and shy. A beautiful protagonist is nothing new, so the most interesting aspect is her shyness. And, oh boy, it is SO BAD WRITTEN. You are probably shy or know someone who is shy, and yes, shy people may not be the most talkative persons in the world but I swear to god the main character BARELY TALKS. Even with her friends!! If she talked as much as she thinks the story would be more bearable. She is so quiet she makes the story completely boring.
The story is any other shoujo out there but extremely slow paced. I don't like stories where the characters fall in love as soon as their eyes meet but this kind of story where it takes 70+ for a kiss (a pretty lame one) is not better.
Average story and boring characters. The only salvable thing is the art.
If you are a quiet person who has a hard time talking to people (especially to someone you admire) but enjoys cute little moments with your crush, this manga is for you. For US. This manga was very enjoyable from beginning to end. The art, the transitioning from one event to another was perfection!
This manga is my all time; overall favorite! It has many cute moments,funny and a few heartbreaking moments but very worth reading. I 10/10 would highly recommend to anyone who loves a cutesy feel good high school love story with relationships (romantic and friendship wise) that beautifully develops! (////v ///)
story seemed a bit slow and there were a few unnecessary love triangles (typical shoujo manga) and tedious moments where you just want to push the two main characters together, but In my opinion the ending was worth it. What's a story without problems, I guess?
The story seems pretty simple; two shy people meet and their love grows from there... but it's more than that. I don't know about other people, but this is the type of manga I want to read. The type where it's just a simple romance with its own little touch to it that makes it its own. I hate to see the love interests being demons, animal girls, etc. , I hate when the art makes the characters look like they're five, and I hate when there's a really annoying character that you just want to leave the manga... but there was really nobody/nothing like
that in this story. In other words, this was the perfect manga for me.
The art was amazing, the story was simple (but cute af), the characters were hilarious... and while others seem to think otherwise, I thought this story never got boring, and I enjoyed it both times I read it.
Not a single part of the story did I hate or feel needed to be changed... but I wish it never ended. cri...
Pretty much my favorite manga. I could re-read it 10+ more times and It'd never get old.
At first, I thought my dislike of Hibi Chouchou might be a personal problem - I was neither popular nor shy in high school, so immediately I had trouble relating to the concept that being liked by your peers too much could be a problem. As I continued onward though, I found the high school's shaky environment causing convoluted problems (she's too popular so her boyfriend gets bullied... except not really, as its exclusively played for laughs except as an excuse to keep the main couple apart?) to be the least of the series problems.
Neither our hero nor heroine are particularly interesting characters -
there's a fine line between a character who is quiet and a character who has the personality of cardboard, and Hibi Chouchou crosses it in spades. I find myself more invested in other characters besides the main couple most of the time.
Speaking of these other characters, there are sideplots involving these characters which are never resolved. This would be easier to forgive if the manga wasn't as long as it was, but it easily could have dedicated more time to this, especially when the pacing of the story is painfully slow.
Ah yes, the pacing. Hibi Chouchou's biggest problem is it suffers from bad pacing. The story is pretty much over by the end of the first year, and the rest of the time is spent on pointless filler and the aforementioned unresolved side romances. You get the feeling that Hibi Chouchou is trying to be the next Kimi Ni Todoke, but the chapters lack the sense of yearning and tension Kimi Ni Todoke's had, probably because I simply don't care enough about the characters.
In the end, Hibi Chouchou feels like its following the standard shoujo manga template used for many of the genre's most beloved hits, but lacks all the life that makes those series good. The result is an all-around boring and unsatisfying read.
I was intrigued by the cover of the manga, and felt like this would be some cute couple doing cute things. Well, it is, but they added a hint of uniqueness. This is my first manga ever read, and I can say that I don't regret it. If I were to recommend this to my friends, I'd probably recommend it to the girls. Not gonna lie, I am a boy and there were countless times I somehow felt a romantic excitement towards a few scenes. The cuteness overload really killed the shit out of me.
The story centers Suiren Shibazeki as she walks by, boys turn
due to her captivatingly cute looks. In elementary school, boys would tend to tease too much to her, to the point where she tried to avoid them, but then she decided to go to a girls-only school. Now she walks in a school filled with boys again, and she catches interest in one of the students, despite the student was the 1st one to not catch interest of her. By the time where she would be huddled by boys, the boy (Kamisuwa) then protected her and that's where their relationship blossom. I'd describe the story in one word. Unique, unlike the other manga, the manga who centers on stock-holme disorder was it-? It shows us nothing but how trouble pays you back. But Hibi Chouchou shows us a romance centering youth love, and countless of funny innocent moments we could adore. The art overall is simply the best compared to the ratings I gave. I couldn't say much about the character despite them having unique personalities and different roles. Overall I enjoyed this so much my heart would stop beating. I highly recommend you to read this, this would be perfect if you would like to hang out in a park or a friends house and you two both share the same interest in manga or anime, this is the gold.
This is definitely KAWAIIIIIIII! THE CUTEST MANGA I’VE READ!
I'm not a Shoujo person, but I could name a few archetypes that are present in it, I've seen tsundres and quiet couples, Naive and Smart, Rich and Poor, Hot playboy and Shy girl, Loud Perky and quiet, Childhood friends, Bestfriends, Rivals turn to lovers and so on... Most of them are opposite of their personalities or usually one person is dominant with the other, but have you ever wonder what happens when two extremely quiet person collides!?
Hibi chouchou, is a simple manga about two shy couple falling inlove with each other, and as they find
meaning to what love is they face struggles and learn to overcome obstacles.
The plot looks as if it follows the formula of a typical shoujo manga, and some of the issues may seem miniscule (Suiren's adorableness causing uproar to all humankind) compared to other mangas, However it was a refreshing experience when you're tired of seeing stories with over the top dramas about family problems, Sickness, Love triangle, etc. It’s not something that you read for the angst or some intense emotional moments, No, it's just a light hearted romance story, full of rainbows, butterflies and cotton candies, and as the story progress the taste becomes sweeter and sweeter. Yes, this is the type of manga that I enjoy reading while sipping a nice cup of tea on a beautiful cozy night.
Sadly, some of the minor characters felt like the story just glaze over them however I still find them interesting and unique. The Female Main character might seem unrealistic that all males are head over heels at her but what I like about her is that despite her attractiveness, she have flaws, she's very awkward, clumsy and incapable of holding a proper conversation. Kawasumi on the other hand is also a very quiet person, but he's just an average looking guy who is really good and passionate about Judo.
What the manga excels is the artwork, It was neat and easy to read. The emotions of each character and environment are beautifully drawn. There are some mangas that tries so hard to make their character look cute which results to an overly cringy and irritating scenes but in this manga, the cuteness of Suiren is effective, she looks more natural.
I enjoyed this manga very much, As I was a shy girl back when I was in highschool and reading this was very nostalgic, I felt like I was back on those days again, the first eye contact with your crush, the feeling of happiness when you see him/her at the hallways, canteens and classroom which is the sole reason of why're even coming to school, even though it's sh*tty. XD
This is not for everyone, if you like to read romance mangas who wants the couple to "get it on" already, this is not for you. While I do agree that their progress is painfully slow however through the course of time the manga blesses us with scenes that felt like your about to explode due to the extreme sweetness level. And that being said the story is just staying true to the character, because you can't just force an extremely quiet, reserved and shy person to suddenly be intimate to her/his lover, No it needs to have a decent amount of gradual development to jump on that stage.
Overall what makes this manga appealing to me is the Innocence and Conservativeness of the storyline and the characters, which are pretty rare on Romance stories.
If you have time and want to read a calming, sweet and light romance story then please do give this manga a try.
I have read up to chapter 75 and it seems like the ending but I could be wrong. Still I want to get this review out of the way.
The story starts slow and very simple, typical shoujo manga. The story really just goes in its own direction with not a lot besides relationships progressing throughout as well as rivalry. There are some comedy areas and some frustrating moments which I will get to but overall it was enjoyable yet could have been more in depth. Near the end it was really rushed and it added parts that were just unnecessary like love triangles that
just faded out. It started getting faster paced compared to the main story and I would not have a problem with it IF they did that from the start and kept a consistent pace.
The art was very pretty and light, it was calming and switched between sweet to comedic to sad moments but most of the time stayed light and nice.
The characters were all sort of different and had that one trait that defined them. Although they were different not a lot of them have good depth. I don't really have much to say about these characters but at least they did get some development eventually. None of them were dislikeable except for maybe one character near the end.
I enjoyed this manga at the beginning and at the end. The middle progression was okay too but not as interesting. I did find myself going through this manga pretty fast though.
Overall this manga is worth reading especially if you like shoujo mangas with no main love triangle and shoujos with a light feel throughout that does actually make you somewhat happy in the end.
This is my second time reading this manga and everything i will write is purely my own opinion and perspective. The first time i read this manga was few years ago, back when it is not yet completed. Anyway moving to the review, The story was unique. it's not something you'll see often on a shoujo/romance manga the main characters are lovable heck even the antagonist were also lovable. The art was amazing i don't even have any other words to describe it. Overall i enjoy this manga so much. i pretty much fall in love to this manga and to suiren <3 she's
really cute and simple yet charming, no wonder she was given the title of "takane no hana" (but that's not the reason of her charm rather it is more like to describe her characteristics - kawasumi kouha.). Lastly before i forgot to mention the character development of each characters was priceless. So now for those who are still hesitant to read this or who dropped reading this for some reason, what are you guys waiting for read this as soon as possible. you guys gonna regret it if you miss this masterpiece, this is literally a hidden gem among romance/shoujo manga.
PS: the only cons for this manga is being too short since i really become attached to the characters. specially to the main characters.
I remember reading Hibi Chouchou while it was ongoing but couldn’t continue for some reason. I decided to pick this manga again recently and not so surprisingly enough I completed it in one go. The art is really good too.
Hibi Chouchou is one of those refreshing romance shoujo manga’s and even if you aren’t a fan of cute things you’ll still be awed by the cuteness. All the characters are adorable, by all I mean ALL.
I also really liked the personalities of the so called rivals, they were mature enough to not cause any emotional dramas and such in the plot.
Also As someone
who doesn’t speak a lot, I could really relate to Suiren, and probably that’s why I was really invested in the story. But yes I feel some may find it annoying as well because she usually just nods her head for everything.
As for Drawbacks, the ending seemed a bit abrupt, for whatever reasons it may have been. But atleast it gives a closure to the story so it’s fine.
I also wish other characters like Aya-Chan’s character had a bit of an in-depth story too but then she’s a supporting character so can’t demand more. There are a total of 75 chapters and trust me once you get into the flow it’ll be over before you realise it.
If you’re a big fan of shoujo I definitely recommend you to check it out, and if you aren’t and still interested in reading do give it a try!
This adorable slice of life drama is set in a small high school where our characters meet each other upon entering and build relationships until they graduate. It is of course character driven, with the overall theme being about falling in love and creating lasting relationships.
The characters represent all different personalities, from the painfully shy Suiren to the idol-like Atohira. The unique aspect of this story is that both the male and female lead are shy, making the way their relationship unfolds different from other love stories of their kind.
Let's jump right into our characters--
The main female
protagonist was tormented in elementary school by her classmates because she is so cute. As a result, her best friend Aya took up the job of protecting her. Suiren, possibly stunted by her friend's protection, stopped smiling or talking to anyone else.
Now that the two have entered a co-ed high school, Suiren is again attracting unwanted attention, but in this school they will meet someone who inspires Suiren to come out of her shell.
The main male protagonist is dedicated to his club activity, karate. He is very skilled in the sport and is a completely different person while practicing it. Outside of the club he is quiet and even timid around girls whom he does not know how to talk to.
He has a good sense of justice, and a healthy respect for hard work, but he seems lost when it comes to ordinary, un-regimented, high school life.
Aya and Yuri
Aya has been protecting Suiren since they were in elementary school. She is a no nonsense kind of girl with a mostly cynical outlook on life, but she supports Suiren's wishes just as much as she babies her.
She offers plenty of comic relief to the story along with admirable loyalty.
Yuri is a girl whom Suiren and Aya befriend in their first year of high school. She has previously attended school with the boys and therefore makes it possible to get the two groups closer together.
Yuri aids Suiren with girly things and dating advice, as Aya has no experience or interest in those areas.
Ryosuke is Kawasumi's best friend. Kindhearted and loyal, he comes off as the type of guy who would blindly follow Kawasumi to the ends of the earth, but the more you get to know him, the more you get to see his spine in their relationship--that, and the fact that he's kind of a lazy goof.
He values his friendship with Kawasumi and because of this he is not afraid to push back against Kawasumi's "lone wolf" mentality. Ryosuke always wants to help those around him.
Koharu is the senpai who confesses to Kawasumi, even though he is younger than her. She is very attractive, but Kawasumi does not know what to do in situations such as these and her confession does not go as planned.
Koharu declares herself Suiren's rival and you get the feeling that she is not a girl who is accustomed to being in second place. Surprisingly, her character is not as annoying as I had anticipated her to be, in fact, I found myself feeling sorry for her at times.
Ichi and Atohira
Ichi is Kawasumi's older brother. He comes off as quiet, spacey, and weird--but kind. The others joke that Ichi and Suiren are alike in their quiet weirdness, something that worries Suiren.
There is not much mention of Ichi's relationship to his younger brother.
Atohira is Ichi's best friend and frequently visits his and Kawasumi's house. He is senpai to Kawasumi and has left karate in favor of playing baseball at his school. Atohira is a foil to Suiren's character because he is a handsome male character who is popular with the females even though their attention is unwanted.
Atohira handles this situation much differently than Suiren. However, whether he handles it better than her is left up to the reader to decide. Atohira is cynical when it comes to love, especially love at first sight.
His intentions are a bit of a mystery at first, but his character really rounds off the story. Without him it would have felt incomplete. Especially with regards to his somewhat complicated relationship with Kawasumi.
This story follows these characters through their high school career. Suiren and Kawasumi fall in love and have to learn what that means. Neither of them are very adept at communicating, nor does either one have any clue as to how to be in a relationship.
They figure things out slowly, including how to balance club activities, friends, and rivals into and out of their life they are creating together.
I really loved all the relationships that occur between all the characters.
This was a super cute, super quick, feel-good read, yet all of the characters have stuck with me.
I suspect that this must have been the case for many readers, because volume 12 of the manga is a nice little "closure" volume full of short chapters of whats going on after the end of the story.
The manga was really promising at the start , but as chapters pass by it just drags and drags and drags on without much story and character development that can be seen in the beginning. It really is sad to see a manga with much potential that the quality of the writing slowly decreases towards the end. The manga is heartwarming and fun, but then goes into a complete robot-disaster. I cant really feel any emotions, which is I guess the intended effect as most of the character are shy, but I don't know it just doesn't really kick.
All that said, the art is really
pretty and beautiful though.
This manga was okay. At first I really loved it but it was quite boring.
So the story started out quite nice. I liked how awkward they both were but as it went on, it got frustrating. It was even more annoying when they finally kissed since it just took so long. Also at first the relationship was cute but it seemed repetitive and like it wasn't going anywhere. They did add a bit of conflict but it was so dumb and unnecessary that it did nothing for the reader. Overall the story was pretty boring but I'm giving it a 7/10 because I still
did enjoy it at some points which were adorable.
I really liked the art, It's neat and pleasant to look at. I would say it's one of my favourite art styles that I've come across while reading manga.
The characters were pretty good at the start. I was really interested in Kawasumi's character who I found to be adorable. I personally ended up not liking any of the characters due to the lack of character development. It upsets me to say that my favourite character is Kawasumi's best friend who overall was a very common character in shoujo manga. There were also a few characters which I just thought were unnecessary and didn't quite remember so every time they were mentioned or seen I was always confused. Also, The "rival" characters were poorly done. I actually ended up feeling bad for both of them but it bothered me since they liked the pair for no reason. It was annoying to see such characters with good potential end up hurt over some dumb unrequited love. Overall I was not impressed.
As negative as I have been I actually enjoyed reading this. Sure I was frustrated for a good portion of the time but I wouldn't say that I didn't have fun reading this.
If they had made the series shorter instead of stretching it out for so long without adding anything to entertain us then this manga would have a higher rating from me. Sadly, it felt as if the author didn't care for the characters anymore or the story but just stretched it on for the sake of the fans.